Send a letter to Shell outlining your concerns about further tarsands expansion! Check out our new site, Stop Shell Now and follow the links to take action!
Letters are due by October 1st, so take 5 minutes, write a letter, and share this email amongst your friends!
Landowner and Environmental Groups Launch Pipeline Spill Tipline
Edmonton – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a Pipeline Tipline encouraging people that see pipeline spills to phone the number and report them. The groups came together after continued in-action from the Premier in dealing with the hundreds of oil spills that hit the Province every year...
Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.
The Saskatchewan government and nuclear industry – with public and corporate money “laundered” through the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) – plan to build a small nuclear reactor to power extraction of oil from the Alberta Tar Sands.
When elected in 2007, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (his Saskatchewan Party is ideologically tied to Harper’s federal Conservatives) created the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP), chaired by one of the U of S vice-presidents. With industry support from Bruce Power (nuclear reactors) and its majority shareholders, Cameco (uranium mining) and TransCanada Corporation (the Keystone pipeline), the UDP pushed to establish a nuclear program at the University.
Public consultations in 2009 gave a resounding 88% “NO” to this nuclear agenda , but the government/corporate/
Current U of S President MacKinnon and Board of Governors Chair Nancy Hopkins have been deeply involved in this project. Hopkins owns nearly $2 million in Cameco investments and is a paid Cameco director ($175,872 in 2009). MacKinnon accepted an all-expenses-paid trip to Cameco’s northern operations and exclusive lodge in 2009, at the peak of the public debate about the UDP report.
But MacKinnon retires from the U of S on June 30. We must send a clear message to his successor, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, to step off this destructive path.
Brad Wall’s government has starved the University of essential funding – U of S has an accumulated $90 million debt. Existing infrastructure is crumbling. New buildings on campus can’t open. And the $40 million for the CCNI and related nuclear projects won’t help U of S out of this crisis.
The University of Saskatchewan, founded in 1907, was once proudly called “the people’s university” – set in the heartland of the Canadian cooperative movement, home to Tommy Douglas, the greatest Canadian, the father of Medicare. Today the University has become an easy target for corporate takeover and a tool for the nuclear and petroleum industries. But right now we have a chance to stop this from happening.
Alberta continues to suffer from a rash of oil spills.
Enbridge's pipeline carrying heavy oil sands crude, spilled some 230,000 litres in eastern Alberta on Monday, June 18th. On June 7th, a Plains All American Pipeline spilled up to 480,000 litres into the Red Deer river threatening the drinking water supply of tens of thousands of Alberta. And on May 19th, Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. spilled over 100,000 litres of oil near Rainbow Lake.
Unfortunately pipeline spills are not a rare occurrence in Alberta. In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day. Enough is enough.
Local residents and aboriginal groups are being given a chance to ask questions and comment on an oilsands expansion north of Fort McMurray. Sign up as an interested party and have your voice heard! You will receive updates on the review process and can provide written submissions detailing your concerns about yet another open pit tar sands mine.
Registration is Open! You are invited to Food in the City: The Conference, May 25-26, 2012, a celebration of the innovative and groundbreaking work being done in our city to help build a resilient local food system. Register early to secure your place at the table for a conversation about developing a city-wide food and agriculture strategy together. Participants will be able to learn and engage in conversation about food and agriculture issues, hear about the development of a preliminary draft strategy and play a part in promoting Edmonton as a leader in innovative municipal food and agriculture policy and initiatives. Program highlights:
- Keynote speaker Wayne Roberts, author of the No Nonsense Guide to World Food
- The “Taste of Alberta” evening reception
Use your voice and tell the Alberta Government to stop loggin in Castle Special Place